June 2016

MUD Club

Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Andrews University, Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall, Berrien Springs, MI

Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

3rd Tuesday of every month except December

June Meeting:

Normal Meeting sequence is as follows:

  1. Introduce Visitors.
  2. Present Specific Club Information
  3. Identify dive events upcoming or planned. (Dives & Road Trips)
  4. Identify & discuss diving related news important to divers.
  5. Present any Show & Tell.
  6. Attendees speak about current diving experiences or lessons learned.
  7. Open session.

Last Meeting Highlights:

 There were 16 in attendance at last month’s meeting, the small MUD Club directories are not available but a 2016 club photo directory is available to those who email Don McAlhany and ask for a copy, It was asked if “anyone” is actually reading the Divers Corner since there is little feedback on its usefulness, “Thirsty Thursday” dives have begun and attendance varies considerably and muddies were reminded to check out “Sass Wednesday” dives which started in May, Kevin Ailes spoke about his dives at Woods and Reeds Lake with pictures of the shipwreck the “Hazel. It was noted that we only have 8 Mud Club T-shirts remaining (all Large) and after discussion it was identified there is interest in ordering new hats, perhaps hooded sweat shirts or jackets, and possible Mud flag pendants. It was noted that some club members were going to attend the gas blender class being held in Novi. Local lakes dove include Paw Paw Lake, Pipestone, St. Joseph river, Reeds, Woods, Pipestone, Cora, and Lake Michigan with the visibility being variable at all of them.

2016 Dive Listing:

 Organize a dive and paste it on the Facebook MUD club site.

Thirsty Thursdays:

The inland lake surface water temperature is averaging +70 F so it is time for you wet suiters to get diving.

Come on down and join the fun on Thirsty Thursdays. All divers greatly appreciate “everyone” who comes and provides support for the activity.  Dives can be labor intensive and “many hands make light work”.  The gathering afterward for food and diving discussions are just about as much fun as the dive itself. J

Check out these dive shops that Muddy Divers use:

Wolf’s Marine Dive Shop , Benton Harbor, MI (http://www.wolfsmarine.com/DiveShop.aspx)

Sub Aquatic Sports & Service , Battle Creek, MI (http://www.sassdive.com)

Divers Inc. , Ann Arbor, MI (http://www.diversinc.com)

iDiveMi., Cheboygan, MI (http://www.idivemi.com/northern-michigan-dive-center)

Hart City Scuba , Elkhart, IN (http://www.hartcityscuba.com)

Just Add H2O , South Bend, IN [Michiana Divers] (http://www.justaddh2o.us.com)

Altek Sports West Michigan Adaptive Diving , Zeeland, MI (http://www.alteksports.com/)


Have You thought about and practiced how You would respond to an underwater emergency of another diver?   Think About it !!

Divers Corner:    Mistakes that Divers Make- Insufficient Dive planning

One of the most important pre-dive steps is dive planning. Learn as much as possible in advance about any dive site you plan to dive.

Before you even head out to a site, make sure to investigate currents, depths, marine life, entry and exit points, surfacing techniques, boat traffic, environmental health concerns, etc.

Check out what surface support you may need and what local laws or regulations may apply to your planned diving activity.

Inform someone who is not coming on your trip what your dive plan is and when you expect to be back.

Prior to your dive, make sure you and your buddy are on the same dive plan. Discuss contingencies should conditions change during your dive. Establish the maximum depth, maximum bottom time and minimum air supply to terminate the dive.

Review what you and your buddy would do if you were to become separated, exceed your planned dive or experience an out-of-air emergency or an equipment issue underwater. Having these discussions on the surface helps you prepare as a buddy team to manage any situations that may arise while underwater.

Review hand signals with your buddy.

Conduct a pre-dive test on all of your equipment, particularly any rented gear. Use a written or mnemonic checklist to ensure you don’t overlook an essential step. Don’t skip the buddy check.

Remember to create an emergency action plan (EAP). This essential tool that divers are taught how to construct in their advanced training courses should include what prompts an emergency response, important contact information, the nearest medical facility and the best means of getting there as well as essential first aid equipment.

Dive plans don’t have to be complicated or inflexible, but they are essential to prevent and manage diving incidents.

Click to access DAN-SmartGuide-DiveMistakes.pdf

Remember:        A Big mistake that divers may is “Not taking personal responsibility”

Each diver in the dive group shares equal responsibility for the conduct of the dive. When all divers understand and agree with that premise, the dive group can protect itself from individual and collective harm.

Know your personal limits and take time to examine and evaluate your dive habits.

Do not rely on the experience of other divers in the group. As a certified diver, you are expected to recognize when elements are outside your level of training or comfort zone; it is your responsibility to acknowledge that and voice it.

Always remember, anyone can call off a dive at any time. In other words, it’s always OK to say “No”.

Dive Safety Starts and Ends With YOU

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